What it’s really like to cover the Yankees
This is my eighth season covering the Yankees for MLB.com, and I have been extremely blessed to experience some unforgettable things. I was there for the closing of the old Yankee Stadium, the opening of the new one, the end of the Joe Torre era and the beginning of the Joe Girardi one, a World Series championship, playoff games, All-Star Games… it’s been a terrific run so far. I’ve had the opportunity to meet interesting people and see many different places — this year, the Yankees’ trip to Milwaukee crossed off current stadium No. 30 for me.
I’m often told that I have the best job in the world, and it’s difficult for me to disagree. I certainly wouldn’t trade with anyone. That said, there are also parts of the job that people probably don’t think much about — maybe it’s the stresses of meeting deadline, going up against great competition, extra assignments, off-day stories, sweating out extra innings to make a flight, hearing that 4 a.m. wakeup call after your head hit the pillow at 1:48, or the horrifying realization that you live out of a suitcase for half the year. (I think about the movie ‘Up in the Air‘ a lot.)
The world has also changed in those eight years, thanks in large part to Twitter and other social media. When I started covering the Yanks in ’07, speed was still king, but in those days it was about getting a blog post up faster than your competition. It was a minute-to-minute world then; now it’s a second-to-second typing contest. When people talk about being in a 24/7 news cycle, I think that’s understating the case. Having a scoop at 3 p.m. and holding it for the next day’s paper? That must have happened in a different universe.
This is all a long way of introducing the fact that I’ll be meeting up with a few familiar faces on Thursday, June 26 to talk about all of it. I’ve been invited to participate in a panel discussion about “The Art and Science of Sports Journalism: Covering the New York Yankees” at the Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Below, you’ll find a flyer with all of the important details. If you’re interested in covering professional sports or love talking about the Yankees, I’ll look forward to meeting you. And if you’re just a fan of refreshments, that’s cool too.